10 Smart Reasons to Book an Inside Cabin on a Cruise

Best Reasons to Book an Inside Cabin on a Cruise

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Why Should You Book an Inside Cabin?

If you’re planning a cruise, you might be wondering what inside cabins are like and if they’re right for you. While an inside cabin isn’t for everyone, we’ve done over 20 cruises in inside cabins and have found many reasons to love them.

Now, I’ll admit that as cruises restarted, I had some reservations and worries about being “stuck” in an inside cabin. However, these days this isn’t a concern.

In this post I share 10 reasons to book an inside cabin on a cruise, as well as answer some common questions about inside staterooms that you may have.

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10 Top Reasons to Book an Inside Cruise Cabin

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1. Inside Cabins Are Usually Cheaper

Generally, inside cruise cabins are the least expensive accommodations on a cruise ship. For your vacation dollar, it would be hard to find a better value than this.

These days, balcony cabins can be double the cost of an interior room. If you’re trying to save some money on your cruise vacation, booking an inside cabin is a great way to do it!

2. Sleep Better

Many people who book inside cabins love the fact that they get a really good night’s sleep in a dark, windowless cabin. 

If you’re sensitive to light when you sleep, you might find the lack of light coming in from a window or balcony door a huge benefit of having an inside cabin.

Inside cabins can also be quieter than balcony cabins, where you may hear your neighbors who are outside talking or playing music during the day or night.

3. Being Quarantined in Your Cabin is Unlikely

Are you concerned about getting quarantined in an inside cabin during your cruise? I was too. However, I realize that my worries were probably exaggerated and this is unlikely to happen these days.

Most cruise lines are no longer testing (for many itineraries). They also have various protocols for dealing with positive cases, including cabins designated to quarantine passengers if needed. These cabins are often located in the same area, in many cases close to the medical center.

4. You’re Not in Your Cabin Much

While some people really enjoy spending time in their cabin, especially on a balcony or veranda, others prefer to be out and about enjoying the cruise ship. If you know that you’ll only be in your cabin to eat, sleep and change clothes, than an inside cabin is perfect for you!

Many people who book inside rooms, say that it pushes them to take part in activities and explore the different areas on the cruise ship, from outside decks to restaurants and lounges indoors.

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5. Port Intensive Itineraries

There’s no better time to stay in an inside cabin, then when you’ve booked a port intensive itinerary. If you’re going to be off the ship for several days during your cruise, it may be worth it to book an interior room.

If you’re going on a Mediterranean cruise or port intensive Hawaii itinerary, these may be cruises where you just won’t be on the ship much, and your days will be spend visiting and doing shore excursions.

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6. Seasickness Less Likely

While booking an inside cabin doesn’t mean that you’ll avoid getting seasick, you may have a better cabin location, which will likely help. Inside cruise cabins can be found on most decks, and you can even book mid-ship cabins at a great price.

If you book a mid-ship cabin on a cruise, you’ll usually have the best chance or preventing seasickness.

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7. Solo Cruisers

Unfortunately solo cruisers usually have to pay for double occupancy when booking a standard cabin. While single berth cabins are available on some cruise ships, they aren’t very common.

Booking an inside cabin is usually the most economical option for solo cruisers, and the benefit is having the extra room and storage space.

Related: Best Cruises For Solo Travelers – Everything You Need To Know

8. Prioritize Cruise Ship Over Cabin

A great reason to book an inside cabin is to be able to cruise for less, on the best cruise ship. While the “best” cruise ship is subjective and might be a luxury cruise to some, and a mega-ship to others, the principal remains.

Booking the cheapest cruise cabin on the very best ship, is the best way to have a top quality cruise, at the lowest price.

If you want the best value, booking an inside cabin on the cruise ship that you really want will be worth it!

9. Cruise more often

No matter your cruise budget, having an inside cabin will help you to save money and cruise more often.

Whether this means taking a cruise once a year, twice a year, or once every couple of years – having an inside cabin is a great way to stretch your vacation dollars.

Related: How to Save Money on a Cruise: 27 Tips, Tricks & Hacks

10. Functional & Organized

Inside cabins may not be large, but they are great functional cabins that are fairly easy to keep organized. Whether you’re cruising with 2 people, or even a family of 4, with a few cruise cabin hacks, you can optimize your space and have room for everything you need.

Related: 30 Cruise Cabin Hacks Every Cruiser Needs to Know

Video: The Best Reasons to Book an Inside Cruise Cabin

Here’s a video where I share more about booking inside cabins, with up to date information.

Who Should Not Book an Inside Cabin

Inside cabins have a lot of clear advantages. However, there are some times when it’s probably not the best idea to book an inside cabin on a cruise.

If you are claustrophobic

This might be an obvious one, but inside cabins are pretty small and average about 150-160 square feet per cabin. So if you suffer from claustrophobia, you will probably want a window at the very least. The reality is an inside cabin may feel tight on space.

If you are more than 2 people in the cabin

This is different for everyone, but some people won’t like having more than 2 people in a cabin. If you’re 4 people in one cabin, the 3rd and 4th passenger may have pullman beds (like bunk beds coming out of the wall or ceiling) directly above the main bed below.

Some families may prefer one larger balcony cabin, or 2 cabins that are side by side or connecting. Always do a price check as sometimes getting 2 cabins is less expensive than we think.

Related: 20 Ways to Save on Your Family Cruise

If natural light is important to you

We cruised with friends a couple of years ago, and one of our friends had a really hard time getting up in the morning and she was in an interior cabin. We joked about it, but the reality was that she really felt physically better with natural light.

We found this out on a future cruise, when she had an ocean view and noticed a huge difference. She’s sworn, no more inside cabins!

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Final Thoughts on Booking an Inside Cabin on a Cruise

We’ve gone over some good reasons to book inside cabin on a cruise. Inside staterooms are a great value and can allow you to cruise more often, for less.

Have you cruised in an inside cabin? Please let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Sarah
    November 19, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    My first cruise was in an inside cabin. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. My next cruise is for a balcony cabin. This is only because it’s three adult cruising and none of us would be able to sleep on the bunk bed. (Were all bigger people). But these are some very good points! Thank you!

    • November 19, 2019 / 11:43 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      I agree with you. Interior cabins can be surprisingly good. But that sounds like a great reason to book a balcony cabin. There really is nothing like that private quiet balcony space either. Hope you enjoyed it!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!


  2. December 12, 2019 / 11:49 pm

    I like how you mentioned that booking the cheapest cruise cabin in a nice shop is the best way to go on a cruise. My wife and I are wanting to go on a cruise and we were wondering how we can have the best experience possible. I’ll be sure to tell my wife that we should try to book a cheap cruise cabin on a nice ship.

    • December 13, 2019 / 3:41 am

      Hi Frank,

      I’m glad you found that point helpful. I would say, do compare the pricing and perks just in case the ocean view or balcony cabins are worth it (sometimes they are).

      But if you don’t think you’ll be in your cabin often, definately go with the best cruise ship and itinerary 🙂

      Let me know if you need any suggestions and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!


  3. Terri Williams
    June 18, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    We’ve gone on four cruises and had interior cabins on all of them. I prefer to sit on the deck with friends and family than try and be crammed together on someone’s balcony. My BIL and SIL prefer balcony rooms and won’t do an interior cabin. We have been on all different decks (7, 10, 2, and 9). I prefer higher rather than lower but we had to be on deck 2 due to a handicapped family member we were traveling with.

    • June 20, 2020 / 11:59 pm

      Hi Terri,

      Those are some great points! Some people love the solitude of their own balcony, while others enjoy being out on the open deck. That’s an interesting point about cabin location as well. Thanks for sharing!


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